A journey of faith and hope in search of Beatitude people — Christians, Moslems and Jews — who nonviolently pursue a just peace in this Holy Land. An immersion experience which will deepen your understanding of this conflicted zone and move your heart as we reflect and pray in places where Jesus was born, lived, taught, died and rose.
July 25-August 10, 2010
JERUSALEM: The first week in Jerusalem, the holy city for three Abrahamic faiths, the pilgrims will live in East Jerusalem at Ecce Homo Pilgrim House in the Old City and visit the holy places in this Resurrection neighbourhood. And they will also meet each day with peacemakers and justice seekers in this conflicted holy land - Israelis who are heartsick with the on-going oppression of the occupation, Palestinians who reject violence in their continuing resistance to the oppression and Internationals who accompany both in seeking just alternatives to armed conflict.
PALESTINE: During three days in Bethlehem, inside the new separation wall which encircles the city, the pilgrims will visit the Church of the Nativity and the Shepherds’ Field. They will meet with religious leaders and learn of the plight of Palestinian Christians today. Deeper within the West Bank, in Hebron, the pilgrims will visit the Ibrihimi Mosque over the cave where Abraham is buried. Here they will also meet the Christian Peacemaker Team which for a decade has been committed to violence reduction between the Israeli army and settlers and Palestinian civilians.
GALILEE: The last four days of the pilgrimage will be in Galilee staying at the Mount of the Beatitudes on on the Sea of Galilee. Close by are Capernaum and Nazareth which will be sites of prayer and reflection. The pilgrims will also meet with Archbishop Elias Chacour in Haifa. The pilgrimage will be completed with a day of retreat on the Mount of the Beatitudes where the pilgims will have the opportunity to reflect on their experience in the Holy Land and on their own call to live the Beatitudes.
Cost: $2990, which includes Air Fare: Toronto / Tel Aviv and return, Lodging: double occupancy, Meals: breakfast and dinner, Local Travel: chartered bus, Guides & Gratuities
For more information, please contact the Basilian Centre for Peace and Justice, or e-mail email@example.com
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